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The South West AHSN is keen to hear where you think further focus is required across health and care to support work to tackle gaps in health equity, including in the area of young people's mental health. 

We recognise health equity can mean different things to different people. At the South West AHSN equity in health is the absence of systematic disparities in:

· Accessing care, for example the availability of treatments

· Quality of Care, for example levels of patient satisfaction

· Opportunities for a healthy life, for example smoking rates

· Individuals feeling empowered to manage their own health.

Health equity is experienced differently by different groups, factors to consider are:

· Socio-economic factors, for example unemployment

· Protected characteristics, for example age, ethnicity, religion

· Geography, for example rural and urban settings

· Socially excluded groups, for example people experiencing homelessness

Hearing from young people, families and those that work with them in the health and care sector will be vital to us designing a programme that has impact for young people, parents, communities and practitioners.

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* 1. Right now what are the three most worrying things preventing young people having excellent mental health?

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* 2. What do you think will best enable positive mental health for young people?

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* 3. Who do you think is doing good work, supporting or enabling positive mental health for young people? 

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* 4. Have you read or produced any research, blogs, studies recently that could tell us more about this area of work?

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* 5. If you would like to hear more about our work through our regular newsletters please provide your email address (you can opt out at any point). 

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